Thursday, November 23, 2017

A Mary Valley Treasure

During our recent leisurely drive through the picturesque Mary Valley we stopped off at a little town called Amamoor. The local Gympie region tourist brochures advised to head straight for the lookout for a view of the surrounding valley.

Which of course we did, although there are no such signs for any lookout. In the end we figured we needed to head uphill and google led us onto the correct path. Whilst the 'lookout' certainly gave us a view of the valley it wasn't really what we had in mind. In fact the centre piece of the lookout were the huge electricity towers streaming down the mountainside. We didn't even bother to get out of the car.

Well that was disappointing!

We'd taken the time to head off the main thoroughfare though into the town of Amamoor and so it deserved at least a look around.

Thank goodness we chose to do that or we would never have stumbled across this delightful gem!

The Blue and White Teapot as it is so aptly named has been a part of the Amamoor community for a little over two years.

It has been lovingly cared for and decorated with everything blue and white. How could you not with a name like that!

As soon as we saw the blue glittering at us as we drove down Thomas St we new we would need to stop. It was most definitely past morning tea and a tad too early for lunch but we stopped none the less.

Not only were we greeted with the wash of colour from the building itself and the gorgeous gardens but their lovely dog was also there to say hi and of course the kids thought that was just the best.

Inside the quaint little cottage I didn't know where to look first. There is so much to see in such a small space. Delicious cakes and slices.

A tiny corner that sells jewellery, tea drinking accessories and local books.

A quiet place to enjoy tea for one and spend some time reflecting.

And of course tea, many varieties of tea to take home if you please.

We placed our order and were all set to choose a lovely little table out the front amongst the flowers when one of the lovely ladies behind the counter says, "Just wait until you see out the back!"

Well that was that, the kids were off and we couldn't believe our eyes.

A lush tropical paradise filled the entire backyard space.

There are larger more open areas for bigger groups to meet and mingle and then there are many smaller, quieter more intimate spots, delicately chosen and slightly hidden within the lush grounds.

We spent quite some time oohhing and ahhing over it all, every where we looked there was something new to see.

Finally we settled on a table to wait for our brunch.

Now this is what should be in the local tourist booklet as a destination.

And what a yummy brunch this was. There's nothing quite like a delightful scone, but with so many other yummy looking treats it was hard for me to choose this option. Boy I was so glad that I did though. Warm, fluffy and fresh. Yum!

This is one place that we will definitely return to. What a shame it is a good couple of hours drive from us or we'd be there much more regularly.

The Blue and White Teapot is situated on the corner of Thomas and Busby St Amamoor Qld, although you can't miss it when driving down the main street.

It is open Thursday's through to Sunday's.

Check out their facebook page at The Blue and White Teapot.

Find out more about the Mary Valley region by visiting the Mary Valley Country website.

Happy Travels,

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